Course code:



IM - Introductory/Intermediate

Class size limit:


Meets the following requirements:

  • ADS - Arts & Design Studio

Lab fee:


Typically offered:

Every other year

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of painting, such as composition, light, and color. Students will learn about material and the technical matters of painting. Students will work with oil based paint, experiment with water based alternatives to acrylic mediums and learn to prepare their own canvases. Besides creating individual paintings, students will collectively work on large-scale canvases. This course will develop from individual representational set-ups towards collective, abstract work. Regular class critiques will assist in examining formal composition principles. While we will discuss historic work examples from a post-colonial perspective, the course will focus on the work of contemporary non-western artists. Readings and artist presentations will be assigned. Assignments require students to work independently outside of class. Evaluation will be based on painting projects, participation in class discussions, critiques and artist presentation.


Drawing I or permission of instructor based on portfolio review of independent work.

Always visit the Registrar's Office for the official course catalog and schedules.